A detail of Richard Wagner’s letter to Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein including the closing measures of Das Rheingold, Zurich, January 16, 1854. Photo: Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection / The Morgan Library & Museum

A detail of Richard Wagner’s letter to Princess Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein including the closing measures of Das Rheingold, Zurich, January 16, 1854.
Photo: Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection / The Morgan Library & Museum

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for June:

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2636
Technology, Opera, and Wagner – Metropolitan Opera radio broadcaster Will Berger will discuss how technology and material considerations of the day affected what Wagner wrote and how his art and thought in turn affected subsequent technology. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers. Sat June 1 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://www.sfopera.com/previews
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
Orlando lectures are with Bruce Lamott; Rusalka lectures are with Derek Katz

MARIN CHAPTER
Orlando – Mon June 3 at 7:30pm
Rusalka – Mon June 10 at 7:30pm
$10; The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SF CHAPTER
Orlando – Tues June 4 at 12noon
Rusalka – Tues June 11 at 12noon
FREE; Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
Orlando – Wed June 5 at 10am
Rusalka – Wed June 12 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, 16575 Shannon Rd., Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER
Orlando – Wed June 5 at 8pm
Rusalka – Wed June 12 at 8pm
$10; Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

PENINSULA CHAPTER
Rusalka – Tues June 11 at 7:30pm; $10
(No Orlando lecture)
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

SF OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOPS
https://sfopera.com/discover-opera/education/backstage2019
Backstage Access – Explore the War Memorial Opera House with three production team members of the SF Opera. If you have always wondered what it’s like backstage at the Opera, this workshop is for you! $25 Mon June 10 from 7 – 9pm
Opera House Chorus Room, 301 Van Ness Ave., SF

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
https://www.facebook.com/pg/OperaforthePeople/events
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, former President and current co-principal oboe and solo English horn for the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay). Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to “all the people”; attend the lecture and then go see the opera with your newfound knowledge!
Rusalka (Dvorak) – Wed June 12 at 6:30pm SFPL West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, SF

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM / ROXIE THEATER
https://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/the-faust-myth-on-stage-and-screen
The Faust Myth on Stage and Screen – Countless works of theater and cinema are steeped in the myth of Faust – including this summer’s world premiere opera by Jake Heggie, If I Were You, commissioned by the Merola Opera Program. Explore the many faces of Faust and the devil in theater, film, and opera with theater director Carey Perloff, filmmaker Jon Else, and SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna. $10
Tues June 18 at 6:30pm Roxie Theater 3117 16th St., SF

SF OPERA EXPLORATION WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
https://tinyurl.com/SFOCarmenFamilyWorkshops
All About Carmen – Interactive family workshops to accompany performances of San Francisco Opera’s Carmen. Learn about the story, music, production design and characters, and explore the history which inspires this new production. Attendance at an opera performance is not required to participate in these workshops. Workshops are for families with children ages 6 and older. $10/person.
Sun June 23 at 11am or 12:30pm
Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. SF

STANFORD CONTINUING EDUCATION
https://tinyurl.com/StanfordOperaCharisma
Four Hundred Years of Great Opera Performances: The Power of CharismaSpeight Jenkins leads this one day course focusing on the charismatic performers that bring opera to life and make it so memorable. As you view and hear live and studio performances, you will explore how legendary artists over the years use the power of their talent and their very presence to make such indelible performnaces. Registration open now. $210. Sat July 20 from 10am – 12noon; 1:30 – 3:30pm Stanford University

METROPOLITAN OPERA GUILD CONTINUING EDUCATION
https://metguild.thinkific.com/courses/wagnersring
The Ring Cycle: Music, Motifs, and Magic – Enjoy this flexible, self-paced course on Wagner’s masterwork right from the comfort of your own home! Led by Guild lecturer Victoria Bond, this four-part session includes video lectures, supplemental readings, and score excerpts, and is designed for individuals interested in delving deeper into the musical evolution of each work. $100

ENJOY!